Sunday, September 11, 2011

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: A DECADE SINCE

Flames erupt from the South Tower of the World Trade Center, after it was struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175, in New York City, on September 11, 2001. The aircraft crashed into the tower traveling at a speed of approximately 586 miles per hour. (Reuters/Sean Adair)....The Atlantic
A view of the World Trade Center construction site and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York's lower Manhattan, on August 24, 2011. New York will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with ceremonies on September 11. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)....The Atlantic
 Hundreds of firefighters who tried to save thousands trapped in the center's two towers following a terrorist attack were still missing in the rubble. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)....The Atlantic

Ten years ago today the United States was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists...September 11, 2001.

19 Middle Eastern terrorists took over four passenger jets and used them as weapons against the United States. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City causing both towers to collapsed within two hours. The terrorists crashed a third plane into the Pentagon in Washington, D. C., and the fourth jet, United Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania before it could reach its intended target somewhere in Washington, D.C.

A lot has changed in the world since that fateful day. The United States, and its western allies invaded and occupied Afghanistan where the War on Terror began. Later Iraq was attacked by the US, where it's ruler, Saddam Hussein was removed from power and later hanged for crimes against his people. This invasion on Iraq set off the unleashing of sectarian violence and insurgencies across the country. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have lost their lives at a cost of approximately one trillions dollars, and until today western military forces remain in both countries. President Obama said that most U.S troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of this year and Afghanistan by 2014

As we remember those lost on September 11, 2001, and the construction of the new skyscrapers in Manhattan nears completion; I pray for the families that have lost loved ones on that terrible and dreadful morning 10 years ago.

God bless the victims of these attacks and may God bless the United States of America!

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